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tbezanis

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About tbezanis

  • Birthday 01/28/1948

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    Marathon, Florida Keys
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    Messing about in boats
  1. A few images on progress with the Looe build. I found a copy of Winfield's 50 Gun Ship (thanks Antony). The early 1700's establishment (page 34 top) is nearly identical to the RMG Looe drawing. So, I'm using that extremely informative book as a reference for deck layout and the limited amount of detail that I'm capable of doing. Also included pictures of our Commemorative Plaque.
  2. Finished framing the bow and stern.....Cut-in the gun ports....beginning to fair the hull.
  3. Hi all, My name is Ted an I'm a live aboard in a small marina in Marathon, Florida. I've done a lot of searching lately and this site looks like the best place to get some answers...but first I need to provide a little back story info to explain what I hope to achieve. About 25 mile south of Marathon ( toward Key West),just a few miles offshore, there is a dive site known as Looe Key. Back in the 50s the original owner of our marina...(it was a boatyard/fishing camp back then)...discovered an unidentified wreck at the site and salvaged a number of items including a large anchor.. It has since been determined by local historians that the wreck was that of the HMS Looe. A 44-gun fifth-rate warship of the Royal Navy. She grounded on 5 February, 1744. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMSLooe (1741) In 2011 we received a request from a Historical group in Cornwall, England to lay a plaque buy the remains of the anchor of the fourth HMS Looe. http://www.plymouthh...tail/story.html Last year we received a call from a local woman who's husband had recently passed. He was a local Keys Historian/Author familiar with our relations with HMS Looe and was in the process of building a model of the ship. His wife thought the Club should have it if we could finish the build. I should know better from my Navy experience many years ago not to volunteer for anything....but because I've built several small sailboats and recently a new dinghy for our boat...I was nominated the "Finisher of the Looe". I've determined that it's a scratch build and is nearly completely framed, but I have no documentation or plans other than the Body Plan and some frame templates/patterns. However I did locate a reference to plans RMG: http://collections.r...ects/81968.html I've looked at some of the amazing scratch builds on this site and know that's way over my head...but I believe I can get this to at least a reasonable display state and hopefully not be haunted by the original builder. Has anyone done something similar to HMS Looe or have any suggestions? Thank You and What a great site!! Ted harbourcayclub.org After posting the above on "New to the Hobby" forum, under Need Help HMS Looe, I've decided to start a build log...or in my case hope to finish log. Here are a few images of what I am starting with:
  4. tbezanis

    Need Help HMS Looe

    OK all...thanks for the newbie input, a special thanks to Antony for the trip to the Looe Museum. After hours on the scratch build logs I feel fairly confident I can continue where the original builder left off. So far I have completed framing of the Bow and Stern....am now fairing the hull. I would like to take advantage of the vast knowledge base on this site, so I probably need like to start a building log. A few questions: Do I need to start a separate log page and copy info/history from this page? Should it be listed under scratch builds...even though I am not the original builder?
  5. tbezanis

    Need Help HMS Looe

    Antony, Thanks for the effort...hope you at least had a nice visit. I recently located a fellow in Devon that had a set of plans for HMS Southampton and was able to download and have them printed to scale. They are as close to the Body Plan of the Looe that I've seen so far. I don't intend on doing a complete detailed replica...rather more of a Admiralty model with some planking and deck detail. Robin...I believe this is the painting Antony was referring to along with a link (can't seem to get the link thingy to work) http//www.bbc.co.uk/arts/yourpaintings/paintings/hms-looe-approaching-looe-island-c-1740-13775 Says "approaching Looe Island"...no Looe Island in the Florida Keys. Looe Key Dive site is National Marine Sanctuary located about six miles offshore...where The Looe went down. Thanks for your comment...Like your website! Ted
  6. tbezanis

    Need Help HMS Looe

    Thank you Antony...Looks like a nice seaside community to visit!
  7. tbezanis

    Need Help HMS Looe

    Thanks for the reply guys. I will search the recommended logs....meanwhile here's some pictures of what I have...could be someone will recognize it.
  8. tbezanis

    Need Help HMS Looe

    Hi all, My name is Ted an I'm a live aboard in a small marina in Marathon, Florida. I've done a lot of searching lately and this site looks like the best place to get some answers...but first I need to provide a little back story info to explain what I hope to achieve. About 25 mile south of Marathon ( toward Key West),just a few miles offshore, there is a dive site known as Looe Key. Back in the 50s the original owner of our marina...(it was a boatyard/fishing camp back then)...discovered an unidentified wreck at the site and salvaged a number of items including a large anchor.. It has since been determined by local historians that the wreck was that of the HMS Looe. A 44-gun fifth-rate warship of the Royal Navy. She grounded on 5 February, 1744. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS Looe (1741) In 2011 we received a request from a Historical group in Cornwall, England to lay a plaque buy the remains of the anchor of the fourth HMS Looe. http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/john-laying-plaque-HMS-Looe-s-Florida-resting-place/story-11429627-detail/story.html Last year we received a call from a local woman who's husband had recently passed. He was a local Keys Historian/Author familiar with our relations with HMS Looe and was in the process of building a model of the ship. His wife thought the Club should have it if we could finish the build. I should know better from my Navy experience many years ago not to volunteer for anything....but because I've built several small sailboats and recently a new dinghy for our boat...I was nominated the "Finisher of the Looe". I've determined that it's a scratch build and is nearly completely framed, but I have no documentation or plans other than the Body Plan and some frame templates/patterns. However I did locate a reference to plans RMG: http://collections.rmg.co.uk/collections/objects/81968.html I've looked at some of the amazing scratch builds on this site and know that's way over my head...but I believe I can get this to at least a reasonable display state and hopefully not be haunted by the original builder. Has anyone done something similar to HMS Looe or have any suggestions? Thank You and What a great site!! Ted harbourcayclub.org

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